I was going to name my next band Władziu Ziu Peddles…but Liberace’s Ghost is go!
If I were Bob Castellini and the Reds organization – and I most assuredly am not – this is what I would say to Bud Selig, right now, about Peter Edward and the 2015 All Star Game:
“It’s our game. If we want Pete Rose to deliver the game ball on a rolling stage with showgirls, slot machines and Liberace’s ghost, that’s what we’re going to do.
“We have groveled as you have tossed us crumbs. We have been thankful and deferential and bowed deeply from the waist. But now, you’re outta here, and we will do with The Hit King what we damned well please.’‘
What is Baseball going to do about it? Deny Cincinnati an all-star game for another 27 years?
...But fair is fair and enough is enough. A lifetime ban has morphed into a lifetime grudge. This is in the “best interests of baseball?’‘
I don’t want to list reasons why Rose should be released from purgatory, or suggest his crimes against the game were any less egregious than those perpetrated – allegedly—by juicers whose names are still on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Everyone knows all that already. Anywhere else but Cincinnati, it’s not a major concern. But this is Cincinnati, and we are next in line for the all-star bash. And we should decide what role our flawed favorite son plays in our party, not a commissioner who will have been retired seven months.
More than that, though. . .
It’s time. Pete Rose is 73 years old, and out of the game for the last 25 years. Selig should come down from on high, leave the crumbs for the pigeons and do the benevolent thing. While he still can.
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